Projector Central: “What Does ‘3D Ready’ Mean? Dispelling the Myths about 3D Projection”

Our buddies at ProjectorCentral.com posted a great article about 3D and projectors last week. Check out our take on the article below. Then read “What Does ‘3D Ready’ Mean? Dispelling the Myths About 3D Projection” for yourself here » 3d glasses

Right now, there are more than 100 3D-ready projectors on the market. The majority are geared for educational and business use, accepting 3D content only through the PC input. Currently, only one 3D projector, the LG CF3D, is designed for home theaters and 3D Blu-ray or broadcast content. (And did we mention we’re the only resellers of this awesome 1080p 3D projector?)

But in the future, 3D will be the norm. According to Pacific Media Associates, the premiere info-gathering firm for projector market information, the worldwide market for 3D-enabled projectors will grow from about 1.0 million during 2010 to nearly 5.4 million by 2014. They predict DLP technology will dominate the market.

ProjectorCentral.com had some great advice for manufacturers in the growing 3D projector field, including:

  • Elaborate on “3D-ready” There are currently four popular 3D transmission formats in use – frame sequential, frame packing, side-by-side, and checkerboard. (ProjectorCentral explains the differences in their article.) But just because a projector is labeled “3D ready” doesn’t mean it supports all four formats. In fact, it probably only supports one. ProjectorCentral recommends manufacturers label their products as “3D Frame Packing Compatible”, for example, rather than “3D ready” so customers aren’t misled. (BTW, the LG CF3D supports all of the above 3D formats.)
  • Enough with the HDMI confusion The new HDMI 1.4 standard brags that it now supports 3D signal transmission. But in reality, previous versions of the HDMI connection also supported 3D. For example, Sony’s PS3 is an HDMI 1.3 device, yet it can play 3D games and Blu-ray discs. ProjectorCentral recommends you shop for features, not version numbers, when you buy an HDMI cable. That’s always been our stance too. (On a side note, the HDMI consortium is on the same page. They’ve banned manufacturers from displaying the standard (i.e. 1.4, 1.3 or 1.3b) on product packaging. Instead, manufacturers are encouraged to list the cables’ features.)

What would you tell or ask projector manufacturers about 3D projection? As an authorized reseller of the popular projector brands, we get a lot of face-time with manufacturers and those with the inside scoop. Post your questions and comments below.

In the meantime, check out our 3D and projectors guide to find out more about the third dimension and home theater.

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